Great Horned Owl

by John Briggs on January 7, 2007

in Weekend Birding

A wonderful surprise awaited us this morning while birding the Biddeford Pool area.

My wife and I were out on Granite Point, and not much at all was happening with our feathered friends. A large flock of Canada Geese were resting near the big rock in the Little River, while Black Ducks and Mallards were feeding in the pannes.

While scanning Curtis Cove, fellow birder Bob Malbon drove up and asked if we would like to see an [tag]owl[/tag]. Well of course we did, so we followed him to Mile Stretch Road in [tag]Biddeford Pool[/tag].

What awaited us was simply incredible! A [tag]Great Horned Owl[/tag] was resting under a bush between some houses on the Pool side of the road. Bob told us that Crows were harassing the Owl, and some of the Crows were sitting in the bush above the Owl, obviously waiting for the Owl to take flight to be harassed even more.

We watched and photographed the Owl for just about an hour. At one point, it seemed that the Owl was tired of waiting for the warmth of the sunshine to fall on his shady spot, so it walked over into the sunshine, feeling the warmth and falling asleep.

The following are pictures we took this morning of this beautiful creature. Simply click a thumbnail for a larger view. Bob also took some shots and they may be seen at his site.

Great Horned Owl near Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, Maine. Great Horned Owl near Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, Maine. Great Horned Owl near Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Great Horned Owl near Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, Maine. Great Horned Owl near Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, Maine. Great Horned Owl near Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, Maine.

 

Happy [tag]birding[/tag]!

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